Dota 2 NSE Winter Championship

Dota 2
Day of week

Week 1-3 Qualification 

Week 4-7 Playoffs and Swiss

Week 8 Finals


Online with live finals


To register for this tournament teams need to sign up using the register button below and fill in the Ranks submission form

The Dota 2 NSE Winter Championship is split into 2 main stages: Stage 1 Qualification (Weeks 1-3) and Stage 2 Swiss/Playoffs (Weeks 4-7).

Stage 1

In Stage 1, teams will be initially seeded into 3 skill groups. In the first round teams will play another team in the same skill group and in the following rounds be matched versus teams with a similar record in the tournament.

Stage 2

In Stage 2, the top 16 teams will start in the Championship bracket (a double elimination bracket) and the remaining teams will continue playing in a Swiss tournament starting with points based on their finish in stage 1. Teams who do well in this Swiss can qualify for the Challenger bracket (Division 2) or Division 3.


Initial Prizes

1st - 5x £100 GAME Credit

2nd - 5x £60 GAME Credit

3rd - 5x £40 GAME Credit

In addition to other prizes this tournament awards British University Esports Championship Points.


Click here to view the full ruleset


  • All players must be current students from the same university. 
  • All games will be played using the following settings:
    • GAME MODE - Captains Mode
    • SERVER LOCATION - Luxembourg
    • SELECTION PRIORITY - Automatic
    • STARTING TEAM - Random
    • PENALTY-RADIANT - No penalty
    • PENALTY-DIRE - No penalty
    • SPECTATORS - Enabled
    • DOTA TV DELAY - 5 minutes
  • Teams must have at least 5 players. Teams may add/remove players from team between weeks.
  • If teams are more than 20 minutes late they will forfeit a match.
  • Check-in deadline is 6:30pm. Teams who don't check-in will not get games for that evening.
  • Offensive Steam Profile and Team names are not allowed.
  • Verbal abuse is not allowed. In particular any use of racist, sexist, homophobic or any other discriminatory language will lead to a minimum 3-week suspension.
  • Teams may have a coach in comms but they are not allowed to live spectate using coach slot.
Dates Tournament Stage
20th Oct Qualification
27th Oct Qualification
3rd Nov Qualification
10th Nov

Week 1 Playoff Brackets
Week 1 Swiss

17th Nov

Week 2 Playoff Brackets
Week 2 Swiss

24th Nov 

Week 3 Playoff Brackets
Week 3 Swiss

1st Dec

Week 4 Playoff Brackets
Week 4 Swiss

7/8th Dec (Provisional) Grand Finals at Live Venue (TBD) 

All games with the exception of the Grand Finals will be played on Sunday evening and cannot be rearranged. Games will have a normal start time of 7.15pm, however teams in the lower bracket of the Championship Bracket may be expected to start early (4:30pm) on 24th November and 1st of December in order to play an extra match as required.